Wednesday, March 20, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 3/7/2013

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Log your volunteer hours online
Math Night
Lego Olympiad
Invention Convention
Time to Invent
Mohican Meeting
FYI: Dates to Remember

3/7 - Thursday - Chemistry Competition, 6pm
3/9 - Saturday - Destination Imagination
3/11 - Monday - Second Trimester Awards Assembly   
3/12 - Tuesday - Mac N Cheese Day 
3/14 - Thursday - Math Night for K-4th grade; Board of Directors Meeting at 6pm
3/18 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
3/19 - Tuesday - Pasta Day
3/21 - Ohio Diagnostic Field Test (K-2 Mathematics)
3/26 - Tuesday - Taco Bowl Day
3/28 - Thursday - Walk-A-Thon
4/12 - Friday - Lego Olympiad
4/15 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
4/22 - OAA (3-8 Reading)
4/23 - OAA (3-8 Mathematics)
4/24 - OAA (5 & 8 Science)
4/26 - Friday - Spelling Bee
4/27 - Saturday - State Chemistry Challenge
4/29 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
Local Science Fair Schedule
This is a busy week for science fairs. The Northeast Ohio Science Fair is Tuesday (awards ceremony Thursday) at John Carroll University, CONSEF is on Saturday, March 9th at the IX Center and the BEST Medicine Science and Engineering Fair is the same day at the Inventor's Hall of Fame in Akron. All three are open to the public. For information about a specific fair, you can email Mrs. Eby. Best of luck to all our talented contestants!
Log your volunteer hours online 

Your time is appreciated! Please log your current volunteer hours online, either on the netbook near the sign-in at school, or at home.  We are not using the paper logs to record your hours anymore - all hours MUST be entered into the computer if you want credit for them!

Any hours you put in the paper log over the summer or earlier this year WILL be entered for you - you just need to enter your CURRENT hours.
Lost and Found 
With the changeable weather, it's hard for parents to keep track of what hats, coats, gloves, and boots go to school and come home each day.  Maybe that's why our Lost and Found area is overflowing!

Please come in and take a look through the piles to see if you can identify any items missing from your child's wardrobe.  All gear in the Lost and Found area at the beginning of Spring Break WILL be donated to charity, so make sure to stop in this month to take a look!
We need your UMBRELLAS!   
If you have some new or gently used umbrellas you can donate to the school, the folks who volunteer during car line would be very grateful (not to mention, DRY).  Just drop them off at the office at your convenience.  Thanks so much for your help!
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm 

Vacationing during Spring Break?
BONUS rebates recently posted for Marriott & more.  Plan ahead & purchase SCRIP cards to pay your way.  Choose from HUNDREDS, including:  Panera, Starbucks, Chipotle, Subway & Wendy's to eat along the way.  Bon Voyage!  
Remember to order this Sunday by 7 PM to ensure delivery for next Thursday's folder.  And don't forget that ordering Scrip enters you into the weekly drawing for a bonus gift card, as does using PrestoPay.  Don't miss out on this great way to raise funds for the school without any additional cost to you!
Weekly Update - 3/7/13
Quick Links
Dress Down Day on Friday, 3/8/13
Congratulations on a successful tornado drill, students! 
Report Cards
Important Information

Dear Parents of MPA,

There was an untimely update done to our grading system, Gradebook, last weekend, while MPA teachers were in the midst of finalizing grades. This has created numerous problems as we have worked to prepare report cards.   After fixing several issues, and handing out report cards today, we discovered that there continue to be problems, particularly with grades 5-8.  If something does not look right to you, please check with Nancy Colby before contacting classroom teachers, as this is a computer program error. 
phone:  216-586-3746 
Ms. Colby will go online with you to identify the issue for your child's report card. MPA will fix the issue and send a new report card home that day.

We appreciate your flexibility as we identify and correct these problems.
Have your Pi and eat it, too! 
K-4 Math night is Thursday, 3/14/2013 at 6:30pm

PI! PIES!! T-SHIRTS! PRIZES!! MPA's K-4 Math Night is FINALLY here! Activities will include fun and interactive math-related puzzles and games for our elementary students. Come and enjoy Math Fishing, Math Cornhole, Fractions Hopscotch, a pi recitation contest (how many digits of pi can you type in 30 seconds?!), Math Baseball, MPA Math Jeopardy!, Flexagons, critical thinking and strategy games, and Clean Up The Money -- all while munching on pies! PRIZES for the winners of Jeopardy!, the pi recitation contest, and Clean Up The Money! T-SHIRTS for the first 100 students to arrive! Don't be irrational and only have a fraction of the fun - get there on time so you can put your name in the Jeopardy drawing, recite pi, have it, and eat it too!
Lego Olympiad
Parents, remember that if your child will be staying after school for a Lego Olympiad practice session,please notify the student's homeroom teacher or the office.  The pink attendance forms available in the office are perfect for this!  Also, please be aware that we have added a column to the practice room sign-up sheet so that you can indicate what students will be staying with the adult on the days your team plans to practice. 
If your team borrowed any school-owned Legos last year, please make sure they were returned to the school!  We will also be pleased to accept any gently-used Lego sets you may wish to donate to the school.
We look forward to creative building in the next few weeks!
Invention Convention Winners!
Congratulations to the the following winners of this week's Invention Convention competition:
  • 4th grade: 1st - Valerie L., 2nd - Ella K., 3rd - Andrew K., Honorable Mention - Jack H.
  • 5th/6th grades: 1st - Ryan S., 2nd - Andrew R., 3rd - Krystyna J., Honorable Mention - Rehema K-Z
  • 7th/8th grades: 1st - Nick H., 2nd - Andrew B., 3rd - Fraser H., Honorable Mention - Teresa S.
 The first place winners will attend the regional competition at Strongsville high school on May 11th.  Way to go, inventors - and good luck in May!
Science club for 5th and 6th grade girls
Attention parents of 5th and 6th grade girls! Mrs. Eby will be starting a new club for girls who enjoy inventing. Called "Time-to-Invent", it will be held in the science lab after school on Thursdays until 4:15 starting March 14th. The club is $50 for ten sessions and all proceeds go to buying materials and equipment for the science program. It will be filled on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 16 girls. Look for a flyer in this week's Thursday folder. You can email Mrs. Eby for further details or to sign up your 5th or 6th grade daughter.

Please contact Caroline Zito ( if you should need financial assistance to participate in this club.
We need your photos for the yearbook!                     
This year we're doing our best to finish the yearbook and have it to students by the end of the year ... but that means we have to close out the yearbook in 3 weeks.  We really need more shots of our students or staff during lunch, recess, electives, or special events like the science fair!  Please e-mail photos you'd like to submit to us, and we'll use them to add more depth to our yearbook coverage for the year.  No guarantees we'll use your photos, but if you've got some good ones, we'd love to check them out!  Please send your photos to Thank you!
Join the Special Events Committee                     
New volunteer opportunities await you!

The Development Team has evolved in to the Special Events Committee under our new Development Coordinator, Melissa Adell. We have upcoming events that we need you to help us make a success. We can't do it without you.

Be our Walk-A-Thon Chairperson!
The 2013 Walk-a-thon will take place on March 28th, over the course of several recess periods.   Last year's Walk-A-Thon raised $8,600, and we are seeking a volunteer to help make this event another awesome success.

Our Walk-a-thon Chairperson will coordinate the event based on plans that are already in motion. Menlo Park Academy needs your help to make it happen and work with other volunteers to ensure we have a safe and successful event. This position will be flexible, with an estimated commitment of 5 hours/week prior to the event. The week prior to the event, that commitment may increase slightly.

Volunteer to help with the Walk-A-Thon:
Our esteemed chairperson will need your help calculating pledges, handing out t-shirts, watching the course on the day of the event, and making this a great experience for our students. Sign up here to help with the Walk-A-Thon:

For additional information or to commit to serving as the Walk-a-thon Event Chair, please contact Melissa Adell ( 539-0422).  Thanks for your support!
Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors Info night on Monday, 3/11/13, for parents of 6th graders
Calling all 6th grade parents! There will be an informational meeting on Monday, March 11th at 5:30 in the Science Lab to learn about your child's upcoming trip to Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors. A representative from Mohican will be there with slides and hand-outs to inform you about the trip and answer all your questions. The meeting should last about an hour. Please try to attend as it is your best opportunity to learn about this exciting experience!
Medication Reminder
It can be hard to remember when you're scraping frost off your car, but allergy season is almost upon us again.  For those of you who have students with seasonal allergies, please remember that any medications which are to be administered at school MUST come in the original container, and MUST be accompanied by a signed doctor's note.  Any questions?  Mrs. Wilson in the school office will be happy to help!
Boosters Updates                     
Box Tops
Keep the box tops coming! The class with the most total box tops at the end of the year will receive a special treat! If you donated 50 or more box tops in December or January, be on the look out for your MPA pencil/s to be delivered in the next few days. Please help us out and make sure that the box tops you send in are not expired and have been trimmed. If your feeling extra helpful, you can also bundle them in sets of saves us a ton of time!

Upcoming Events
If you are looking for volunteers hours, the Boosters will be needing alot of help in the near future. Teacher Appreciation week (May 6th- 10th) and Field Day (end of May) are quickly approaching, so keep your eyes and ears open for our call for volunteers to help us pull these 2 events off!
Information can be submitted via email to: for review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.

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